If you or a loved one has been in a car accident that resulted in injuries and vehicle damage, it’s likely that you will file an insurance claim.
Both New Jersey and New York are “no-fault” states, in which drivers can go to their own insurance companies to file a claim after an accident, regardless of who was at fault.
How long it will take you to get a settlement check depends on a number of factors. It can be up to a month, and sometimes much longer if the case is complex or the insurer cannot or does not find the relevant information quickly.
Insurance Claim timeline
Insurance companies vary in their speed in processing claims. Some are quite fast, and some seem to drag their heels forever.
When you are in an accident, do what you can to expedite the process. Be sure to file an insurance claim promptly. If there was a police report or you took pictures after it, both can help your insurance company. Have your insurance policy number and details of the accident (including from any police report) ready when you call.
If your insurance company contacts you for additional information after you’ve filed a claim, be sure to call back promptly. Insurance companies have multiple claims they are dealing with. It’s to your advantage to remind them about yours.
If the accident-related expenses are significant, it may be prudent to retain a qualified attorney. Car accident lawyers can negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Car accident lawsuit compensation
There are specific instances when people who have been in car accidents can file a legal claim for damages in both New York and New Jersey. Plaintiffs can seek monetary damages for severe personal injury or death.
If the defendant is found liable and there is a monetary award, a series of steps occur. Usually, the other party’s lawyer will send a release for signature first. This will set forth the amount to be paid and perhaps other stipulations.
In most cases, the plaintiff will have to sign and date the release and return it. At that point, a settlement check is to be sent. In a court case, the attorney generally receives the settlement check, because it’s part of the overall settlement of the case. The attorney will send the check to the plaintiff.
A personal injury lawsuit generally takes much longer to resolve than a car accident claim.
Car Accident Attorneys in New York and New Jersey
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman have decades of experience helping New Jersey and New York residents get the compensation they deserve after a car accident. To learn more about your legal options, contact our law offices to arrange a free consultation with car accident lawyers serving Rockland and Bergen Counties.
- Avenier, Raul. “How Long Does It Usually Take an Insurance Company to Offer to Settle in an Auto Accident Case?” The Nest. https://budgeting.thenest.com/long-usually-insurance-company-offer-settle-auto-accident-case-24760.html.
- Delbridge, Emily. “How Long Does an Insurance Claim Take?” The Balance. December 4, 2018. https://www.thebalance.com/how-long-does-an-insurance-claim-take-527095
Driving while impaired by alcohol causes far too many injuries and deaths on the nation’s highways every year. A person is killed by a driver who is impaired by alcohol roughly every 50 minutes of every day, all year around, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 29 people per day – nearly all entirely preventable.
But the dangers of drinking and driving is a frequently reiterated message. Yet it still continues to happen.
What excuses do people give for driving drunk? The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) polled people whose blood alcohol content (BAC) registered 0.8% or more, which is the legal point at which people can be charged with a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in most states, to find out, and this is what they found.
1. They think they are okay to drive.
Nearly half the people surveyed believed they were okay to drive. Presumably, this meant they did not feel inebriated and felt their judgment and reflexes were not impaired.
Remember, people who drink often don’t feel that they are as impaired as they are. Their own judgment and feelings can be affected by the alcohol and the circumstances surrounding it, should not be relied on.
2. They didn’t have far to drive.
Roughly 12% drove while drunk because they didn’t have far to drive.
Remember, many accidents occur within just a few miles of a driver’s home. Not having far to drive does nothing to diminish the possibility and severity of accidents.
3. They felt they could make it home if they were careful.
Approximately 10% of respondents felt they could make it home if they drove carefully. But carefully, of course, is relative. Drivers whose BAC is over the legal limit may feel they are driving very carefully. In fact, they could be weaving down the road.
It’s also true that many people feel social pressure to drink – and perhaps drink to excess – at certain times of the year. At this time of year, when social events are frequent and often include alcohol, it’s important to reiterate this message: drivers should not drink to excess, at parties or any other time.
When You Need a Seasoned Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident because the other driver had had too much to drink, please contact our law firm to discuss your case.
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman have years of experience litigating vehicle accidents. Call us today to speak with a car accident lawyer in Bergen County or Rockland County. The consultation is free, and there is never any obligation.
- NHTSA. Traffic Tech. Why People Drink and Drive: Study Looks At Decisions That Lead to Impaired Driving. Number 91, April 1995. https://one.nhtsa.gov/people/outreach/traftech/1995/TT094.htm.
- Survey: People Have Reasons for Drunk Driving. Dumb Ones. LifeSaver. January 4, 2018. https://www.lifesafer.com/blog/people-have-reasons-for-drunk-driving/.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motor Vehicle Safety. Impaired Safety. https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/index.html.
Following any kind of vehicle collision where you’ve suffered injury or sustained major damage to your vehicle, you are probably wondering what types of compensation are available for your losses.
Whether the wreck happened in New York or New Jersey, recovery can be painful, expensive and time-consuming. The best approach to getting an accurate assessment on the potential value of your claim is to speak with a qualified car accident lawyer who understands No-Fault laws and vehicle insurance coverage for liability, personal injury protection (PIP), property damage and uninsured or underinsured motorists.
Regardless if you were the driver, a passenger in a car wreck, or a pedestrian injured in the accident, you have a legal right to be fairly compensated for your injuries and losses.
New York car insurance requirements
In New York, all vehicle owners must have these minimum insurance requirements:
- $25,000 per person for personal injury protection
- $50,000 per person for wrongful death
- $50,000 (no-fault insurance per accident)
- $10,000 for property damage
- $100,000 total per accident wrongful death protection
- $25,000 per person or $50,000 per incident for uninsured and underinsured motorists
However, if the accident causes injuries like bone fractures or others that result in temporary or permanent disability, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim against the at-fault driver within three years of the incident.
A personal injury lawsuit will demand monetary reparations that are intended to make the plaintiff whole again. The monetary award will be determined by the extent of harm and loss incurred, but will take into account the following types of compensation.
- Medical expenses and hospital bills
- Present and future loss of wages
- Emotional distress and related therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life – activities that you can no longer perform
- Loss of consortium—the companionship of a spouse
- Loss of future earning capacity
New Jersey car accident compensation
The minimal requirement for New Jersey vehicle insurance includes $5,000 in property damage coverage and $15,000 in personal injury protection per individual, per accident. This PIP policy covers up to $250,000 for grave injuries like spinal cord trauma. The basic policy does not include coverage for medical bills although at-fault motorists may be held liable for the amount of medical expenses not covered by his or her own PIP policy.
Any New Jersey residents with basic vehicle insurance can only sue the responsible party if the crash resulted in serious injuries, such as disfigurement, loss of a body part, permanent injury, displaced bone fractures, loss of a fetus, or significant scarring. The lawsuit can seek additional compensation not covered by the policy to cover medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
The statute of limitations for seeking car accident compensation in New Jersey is two years, and the clock starts ticking on the date of the accident.
Fighting for the compensation you deserve
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman has the experience to fight for the compensation you deserve after a car accident. Leave the details, paperwork and insurance negotiations to us. For more than four decades, we have been providing results-focused representation to motor vehicle accident victims in Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, New York.
To discuss your case with a skilled Rockland County & Bergen County car accident lawyer free of charge, please call today.
- NY Department of Financial Services, Article 51 of the New York Insurance Law aka “The No-Fault Law”, https://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/r68/r68_art51.htm
- NJ Department of Banking & Insurance, Everything You Wanted To Know About Auto Insurance, https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/pdf/everythingauto2006.pdf
Emerging research from Rice University and University of Chicago shows an increase in fatal car accidents after ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber began operations in cities. The research suggests that additional traffic wrought by ridesharing services is directly related to a 3.5% uptick in traffic deaths, which amounts to 987 fatalities each year. It is estimated that the costs associated with these deaths range up to $13.24 billion annually.
Ridesharing services linked to higher traffic fatalities
The study was a collaboration between Professor John M. Barrios of the University of Chicago with Hanyi Yi and Yael Hochberg of Rice University. The goal was to examine the impact that ridesharing has had on fatal motor vehicle crashes. Their findings were based on data from CrashStats and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) – both before and after Uber and Lyft launched in various metropolitan areas.
The researchers found that car crashes resulting in occupant or pedestrian deaths rose by 2-4 percent every year in places where ridesharing was introduced. Since the mid-1980s the number of fatal accidents per capita in the U.S. have decreased steadily. However, this decline stopped and then reversed soon after the introduction of ridesharing into U.S. cities, the researchers claim.
The study’s authors say this increase in fatal collisions is due to a “quantity effect” caused by increased numbers of vehicles on the road, which invariably equates to higher rates of accidents. And it’s not only the people who use Uber services that are affected—FARS data indicates that pedestrians, bystanders and cyclists are also injured and killed in ridesharing accidents.
Additional research needed on ride-hailing
The research team concedes that their findings are based on short-term data, but some critics like economist Joe Cortright say the study falls short. In the City Observer, Cortright states the report raises important and provocative questions, but that it shows more of a correlation rather than causation and doesn’t factor in the effect of lower gasoline prices and increased people on the road.
The study authors do acknowledge the convenience and benefits of ridesharing services, which provide flexible employment for people and a low-cost alternative to regular taxis. Nonetheless, the key takeaway from the research is that there are more people dying in motor vehicle accidents after ride-hailing became popular, and these deaths are mostly occurring in large cities.
Legal guidance in New York and New Jersey
Car accidents often result in personal, financial and emotional upheaval, particularly when serious injury or death occurs. If you or a loved one were injured in a ridesharing accident, it’s imperative to align yourself with a competent law firm. Serving residents of Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman has the expertise and resources to help victims secure justice and fair legal compensation.
Call our offices today at (888) 752-5018 to schedule a complimentary case review with our Uber and Lyft accident attorneys.
- Stigler Center, Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities https://research.chicagobooth.edu/-/media/research/stigler/pdfs/workingpapers/27thecostofconvenience.pdf?la=en&hash=A15B1513F98D7A17B9E37F78DD2EBDC4C6338BFA
- Forbes, Ubers And Lyfts May Increase Road Deaths, Study Claims https://www.forbes.com/sites/lianeyvkoff/2018/10/23/ubers-and-lyfts-cause-congestion-in-cities-they-may-also-increase-fatalities/#6d9290eb487f
- City Observer, Unsafe Uber? Lethal Lyft? We’re skeptical http://cityobservatory.org/unsafe-uber-lethal-lyft-were-skeptical/
If you are hit by a car that ran through a stop sign, it can be both frightening and dangerous. Suddenly, your life may be in peril, and through no fault of your own.
Accidents like this can be quite severe, because one car going through a stop sign when another car actually has the right of way means that the right-of-way vehicle may be hit broadside in what some call a T-bone collision. The term refers to the 90-degree angle of the collision, where the red light-running car hits either the driver or passenger side of the other vehicle with the front of the car.
This kind of accident can cause fatalities or severe injuries. As a result, you might want to bring a legal case for damages, to receive compensation for medical bills, surgeries, damage to your car, and more.
To win a case, you will have to prove that the other driver was negligent. This means that the law was clear, the stop sign was posted, but that the driver ignored the instruction to stop.
Proving negligence is not always easy. You need evidence that the other driver ran the stop sign. Evidence can be gleaned in several different ways.
If there were witnesses to the collision, get their statements. They may be called on to say what happened if the case goes to court. Get the contact information of any witnesses as well.
2. Surveillance cameras
Some traffic intersections have surveillance cameras. If they do, the surveillance tape can be very helpful in proving that the driver ran a stop sign. However, since not every intersection has cameras, this can’t be relied on.
3. The location of the damage to both cars
Many judges and juries will accept the location of damage as indicating what happened in an accident, even in the absence of witnesses. In a T-bone accident, the car with the right of way will sustain damage to the side, in all likelihood. The car that ran the stop sign will likely sustain damage on the front.
4. Pictures taken at the scene
If you have a smartphone, take multiple pictures at the scene. Take pictures of your car from all angles, the other vehicle from all angles, the stop sign, and any skid marks. Take pictures of any injuries as well.
Remember, car damage can be repaired. The negligent driver may repair damage in an attempt to deny culpability. One picture is worth a thousand words.
5. A police report
If you have been hit by another vehicle, it’s very important to call the police right away. They can also interview witnesses, of course. They will also file a police report that can be used as evidence.
6. Draw a picture
It’s useful to draw a picture of what happened if you don’t have a camera. Show the intersection and approximately where the car that ran the stop sign entered it.
When You Need a Car Accident Lawyer in New York or New Jersey
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who ran a stop sign in New York or New Jersey, we can help.
NY & NJ car wreck lawyers at KGG have decades of experience successfully litigating these kinds of cases. Call us toll free or fill out the form on our website to schedule a consultation in our Rockland County, NY or Bergen County, NJ offices. We will review your case thoroughly. The consultation is free and there is no obligation.
- Harris, Tom. How Red-light Cameras Work. How Stuff Works. https://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-devices/red-light-camera2.htm
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Highway Loss Data Institute. Red light running. https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/red-light-running/topicoverview
For teenagers, cars may be integral to their summer memories. They may drive to beaches and lakes, parties, their first job, or even take the wheel during family vacation.
A Deadly Spike During the Summer
But unfortunately, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day are referred to as the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers. Fatalities in car crashes involving teenagers rises 15% over the rest of the year.
Why the sudden spike? Well, for most teenagers, those 100 days coincide with summer vacation. First, they have more time to spend on the road, as they’re not in school. Second, they may be going more places, including areas with which they are unfamiliar. Third, they may be inexperienced drivers who are not fully versed in how to operate a car safely.
A fourth factor, and one of the largest, is alcohol use. Summer is a time of parties. Alcohol consumption rises around holidays through the year, and summer for many teenagers is a holiday type of time.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that nearly 6% of drivers 16-17 years old and 15% of drivers 18-20 years old indicated that they drove under the influence of alcohol in 2010 (the last year for which statistics were available).
Teenage Road Fatalities Rising Overall
Throughout the year, the number of fatal vehicle crashes involving teenagers has been climbing recently. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal crashes with a teenage driver rose over 10% in 2015.
While teens having free time, being in the car more, and drinking are all contributing factors, the immediate cause is all too often distraction. The top 3 distractions are using a cellphone, talking to other people in the car, and looking for items in the car, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Parents are urged to discuss driving safety with their teenagers. Emphasize the importance of driving without distractions. Urge them to use seatbelts and obey the speed limit. Advise them always to wear shoes rather than flip-flops or sandals when driving, as flip-flops and sandals can cause their feet to slip on the gas pedal or the brake.
When You Need Car Accident Lawyers in New York or New Jersey
The frightening statistics on the rise of teen deaths in cars, both during the summer and overall, should be a wake-up call to emphasize safety on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in car accident in New York or New Jersey, please contact Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman to discuss your case. Our NY & NJ car accident lawyers will bring many decades of experience to bear on your case and will advise you about the best course of action to take.
Call us at (800) 711-5258 or fill out the form on our website. We maintain offices both in Rockland County, NY or Bergen County, NJ.
- “ʹ100 Deadliest Days’ for Teen Drivers.” Your South Florida. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/video/100-deadliest-days-teen-drivers-dzsdic/
- Cruz, Roberto. “The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for Teen Drivers Are Here.” Your AAA Magazine. May 1, 2017. https://magazine.northeast.aaa.com/magazine/life/cars-trucks/100-deadliest-days-teen-drivers/
- The Most Dangerous Times on the Road. Bactrack. June 30, 2015. https://www.bactrack.com/blogs/expert-center/35042821-the-most-dangerous-times-on-the-road
The firm is currently litigating a putative class action involving a potential defect in the PRIMARY TIMING CHAIN ASSEMBLIES for JAGUAR and LAND ROVER vehicles, model years 2012 through 2014, equipped with a 5.0 liter direct injection engine. Class vehicles include but are not limited to the following Range Rover platforms/vehicles: LR4 (LA), Range Rover Sport (LW), Range Rover Sport (LS), Range Rover (LS) and Range Rover (LM). Jaguar class vehicles also include but are not limited to the following Jaguar vehicles: XF, XJ, XK, XFR, XJR, XKR and F-Type.
This suit alleges that these vehicles suffer premature failure even though the maintenance schedule contains no schedule for inspection or replacement of the timing chain assemblies and they are touted as lasting the life of the vehicle but, in fact, failed prematurely at significant cost to the owners. The suit seeks reimbursement of the cost of repair and replacement of the timing chain assemblies as well as reimbursement for the engine damage caused by certain cases of timing chain failure. In addition, there have been numerous complaints relating to these failures in 2012 – 2014 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles filed by consumers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defect Investigation (NHTSA-ODI). These complaints indicate that owners have experienced problems with their timing chain assemblies during or soon after the warranty has expired.
If you are interested in finding out more about this matter or if you are interested in participating, please contact Gary S. Graifman at (888) 608-9232 or via email at email@example.com.
Life is going well. Maybe you had a good commute to work that morning, or enjoyed a great day at the beach. But then, when you return to your car, you find that someone hit it.
What should you do?
Treat It as An Accident Scene
Hitting a parked car is just as much as accident as hitting a car in a roadway. By law, drivers who hit a parked car should make every effort to find out who the owner of the car is and/or leave a note giving their own contact information.
If they can’t do that, they need to contact the police to notify them that an accident has occurred.
If the person who hit your car does not do that, it is considered a hit and run accident, just as hitting a person and fleeing would be.
So your first order of business is to see if someone did leave a note — under the windshield or in some other position.
If they didn’t leave a note, take the following steps.
Steps to Take If Your Parked Car Was Hit
- Stay at the scene. You need to notify the proper authorities and gather all the information you can before you leave the area where your car is parked.
- Call the police. The police will come and file an accident report. An accident report ensures that your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company, if applicable, will have proper, official notification of the accident.
- See if you can find witnesses. If there are people passing by, ask if anyone saw who hit your car. It’s possible there won’t be anyone around who saw anything, but it’s worth a try.
- Take pictures. It’s an excellent idea to take multiple pictures of your vehicle, from all angles. It establishes the damage that can be used for insurance claims and for possible claims against the person who hit your car.
- Record where and when you discovered your car had been hit. Exact locations and times are best.
- Get in touch with your insurance company. If you can, call them immediately. Many adjusters will want to take pictures and get a report as soon as they can.
When You Need a Seasoned Car Accident Lawyer
It can be very aggravating to find out that your car has been damaged while in a parking area. It’s important to remember, though, that you do have recourse if your vehicle has been damaged. The other person’s insurance should pay, if they can be found. If not, yours will pay.
Have you or a loved one suffered losses — including injury — in a car accident in New York or New Jersey? Contact Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman to discuss your case. Our seasoned NY & NJ car accident lawyers have the experience and knowhow to win maximum damages allowed under the law.
Call us at (800) 711-5258 or fill out the form on our website. We maintain offices in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ. All initial consultations are free.
- Hitting a parked car: essential next steps. Insurance.com. August 2, 2017. https://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/parked-car-insurance.html
- New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Motorist accident reports. https://dmv.ny.gov/dmv-records/motorist-accident-reports
Research on bicycle helmet use around the world found that helmets could reduce the risk of serious head trauma by up to 85 percent. A properly fitting bike helmet is one’s best defense against face and head injuries, and in the event of a serious accident, it could even save your life.
Given these statistics, it’s common sense for all cyclists to always wear a helmet, whether going for a short jaunt or an extended ride. According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 800 bicyclists are killed each year, and hundreds of thousands more end up in the emergency room with broken bones, concussions and head injuries.
New ratings system developed to assess helmet safety
Up until recently, those in the market for a bicycle helmet had no way of knowing which model offered the best protection, other than a label issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This meant the helmet had passed a safety test showing it could prevent skull fractures or severe brain injury in impact events over 300 g. The CPSC standards, however don’t take into account the factors and circumstances of real-world bike crashes, and more alarmingly, don’t test the safety of the entire helmet.
In order to solve this problem, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech teamed up to establish a better safety rating system for bike helmets – one that would let consumes make a more informed decision about their purchase and hopefully stay safer on the roads. The rating system was based on the collective knowledge gleaned from decades of experience assessing hockey, football and other types of head protection.
Researchers use real-world crash scenarios
The team tested the bicycle helmets for impact resistance at six locations, including two sites on the rim. Using real-world crash data, the researchers were able to better replicate the speed and angle at which a cyclist’s head will hit the road in an accident.
Risk of concussion and brain injury was estimated by measurements provided by sensors embedded in the helmet lining. Helmets that were awarded 5-star ratings (the most likely to prevent injury) all boasted a “Multi-Directional Impact Protection System” that minimized rotational forces of the head by creating a low-friction layer.
Which bike helmets performed the best? The following models earned 4 and 5-star ratings:
- Bell Stratus MIPS
- Bontrager Ballista MIPS
- Specialized Chamonix MIPS
- Garneau Raid MIPS
- Scott ARX Plus MIPS
- POC Octal
- Giro Foray MIPS
- Garneau Le Tour II
- Bontrager Quantum MIPS
- Smith Overtake
- Specialized Prevail II
Interestingly, price wasn’t a reliable predictor of overall safety. A $200 helmet by Bontrager and a $75 helmet made by Specialized both garnered a 5-star rating. In the coming months, consumers can expect the team to release a safety ratings system for other helmet styles, including mountain bike versions and skate helmets.
Injured in New York or New Jersey? We can help
With more residents in New York and New Jersey taking up biking for both recreation and their daily commute, accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles are on the rise. When injured in a crash, it’s important to have a reputable Rockland County car accident lawyer review your case as you may be eligible for compensation. Whether a driver failed to yield the right of way, or you got knocked off your bike by an opening car door, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman will bring negligent parties to justice.
Our seasoned bicycle accident attorneys represent clients throughout Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, New Jersey. Schedule a free case review by calling our toll-free number today: 888 624-4916.
Additional Resources on Bike Helmet Safety:
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, New tests show some bike helmets protect better than others http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/new-tests-show-some-bike-helmets-protect-better-than-others
- Cleveland Clinic, Bicycle Helmet Safety https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/4374-bicycle-helmet-safety
- Consumer Reports, Heads-Up on Bike Helmet Safety https://www.consumerreports.org/bike-helmets/heads-up-on-bike-helmet-safety/
- The Guardian, Bicycle helmets reduce risk of serious head injury by nearly 70% https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/sep/22/bicycle-helmets-reduce-risk-of-serious-head-injury-by-nearly-70-study-finds
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently rolled out a campaign, called “Click It or Ticket,” to remind drivers and passengers throughout the nation to wear seat belts. Seat belts save lives. NHTSA officials note that 10,428 people not wearing seat belts lost their lives in car accidents during 2016.
Enforcement of safety belt laws will be heightened during the campaign.
Successful Campaigns Promoting Seat Belt Use Increase Occupant Safety
“Click It or Ticket” is an annual campaign, and has proven highly successful in raising awareness of how important seat belts are. The use of seat belts in vehicles has risen steadily, and hit a peak of 88.5% in 2014.
The NHTSA estimates that the use of seat belts saved 15,000 lives in 2016 (the last year for which data are available). However, it also believes that full use of seat belts, including for children more than 5 years old, could have saved an additional 2,456 people that year.
In standard size vehicles, 42% of occupants involved in a crash who were not using seat belts were killed during 2016.
In pickup trucks, the figures were even higher. Sixty-one percent of unbuckled occupants were killed.
The NHTSA also urges people to remember to wear seat belts if they are riding in the back seat. Nothing about that position protects anyone from deaths or injuries if the vehicle is involved in a crash. While 47% of people who were passengers in a front seat were killed if they weren’t wearing seat belts, 57% of people riding in the back seat who were not wearing restraints were killed.
If You Need an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer
While the number of people wearing seat belts has risen encouraging through the years, an unacceptably high fatality risk still exists for unbuckled occupants of vehicles involved in crashes. We at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman urge you to wear seat belts at all times when in a vehicle, and to make sure that your children wear appropriate restraints as well.
But if the worst happens, and you or a loved one are injured or killed in a vehicle accident, please contact our law firm to discuss your case. KGG car accident attorneys in NY & NJ have decades of experience in automobile and other vehicle accidents.
Call us at (800) 711-5258 or fill out the form on our website. We maintain offices both in Rockland County, NY or Bergen County, NJ. All initial consultations are complimentary.
- U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic Safety Facts. 2016 Data. Occupant Protection in Passenger Vehicles. February 2018. https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812494
- U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Admnistration. Buckle Up. It Could Save Your Life. May 21, 2018. https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/buckle-it-could-save-your-life